Posts tagged ‘Spam warning’

Spam Warning – Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721)

This is a clever spam email as it makes you think there is a security update for your email program, and who doesn’t want their email to be as secure as it can be.

For people in the know, it is common knowledge that the only way you should get updates for windows, Outlook or any Microsoft product is generally through Microsoft update in Microsoft Windows or their actual website. For everyone else they may just think this is Microsoft being kind and that they got the email address because it’s a Microsoft product and that they want to help you avoid being taken advantage of by scammers or hackers.

Of course that is exactly what some people think and go ahead and extract the zip file try to run the update and get themselves a trojan virus which gives the spammer/hacker control of your machine or something else like logging all your keystrokes for user names and passwords.

All I can say is obey the Microsoft update rule and only get it direct from them and always copy and paste the subject into google as you will most likely find a site at the top telling you it’s a spam email, oh and make sure your antivirus and malware checkers are up to date.

One more thing generally updates are version specific, so if you know your software has many versions this should give you a hint that there is something not quite right, so double check with the main company website if you want to be sure.

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What the Attached Zip file is called: officexp-KB910721-FullFile-ENU.zip

Brief Description

Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express. This update is critical and provides you with the latest version of the Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express and offers the highest levels of stability and security.

Instructions

* Install Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721). To do this, follow these steps:

1. Run attached file officexp-KB910721-FullFile-ENU.exe

2. Restart Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express

System Requirements

* Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 98; Windows ME; Windows NT; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP; Windows Vista

* This update applies to the following product: Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express

Spam Warning – You’ve received a postcard

This spam email is a clever one, it uses the general family member id so you don’t really questions that it may not be someone you know.

Also there are absolutely no links so you can’t even detect the usual false link behind the one that shows on screen.

So the only option you have is to open the zip file, which I don’t know exactly what this one does, but I can assure you they are never good, hopefully your antivirus is up to date and can save you if you do open it.

Any company sending out a digital e-card will do it with a link that takes you to a page (remember to hover over the link and make sure it’s legit), they won’t bother with sending out an actual file to you. Also a family member will most likely have their name in the email through a legit e-card website.

If you are ever in doubt always copy some of the email or the subject line and add the word spam and something should come up in the search engines that will let you know if it’s spam or not. if you’re in doubt get in touch and we can help you identify it for you.

here’s it the full text that’s in the email (the zip file has a name of ecard.zip)

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Good day.

Your family member has sent you an ecard from 123greetings.com.

Send free ecards from 123greetings.com with your choice of colors, words and music.

Your ecard will be available with us for the next 30 days.

If you wish to keep the ecard longer, you may save it on your computer or take a print.

To view your ecard, open zip attached file.

Spam Warning – HMRC – Notice of Underreported Income

Well I’ve finally been getting in some new spam and of course coming up to the self assesment time they are at it again – grrr those spammers.

So in this one (see spam email at the bottom) just look at the reference number, guaranteed you won’t have that on any of your official tax documents.

The link also goes to a completely different site from the inland revenue you can tell that because their web address is  http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/  and they have http://online.hmrc.gov.uk.okio1v.kr/… if you hover over the link you’ll see this address show up.

Basically after the first two slashes in the http:// the very next slash you see signifies the end of the actual domain name. so in this case the .okio1v.kr part is taking you to a completely unrealated domain name to the …online.hmrc.gov.uk… part.

Also in this case they got my name from my email address, which most people have, so that’s why it seems like it’s personalised (generally spam email isn’t personalised), so if you have a strange ID to your email this should look even more suspicious.

HMRC will very rarely email you, most of these issues will be dealt with via a letter in the post or a phone call, so if you get any emails verify it by calling up the revenue just to be sure.

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Taxpayer ID: alan-00000217490017UK
Tax Type: INCOME TAX
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)

Please review your tax statement on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website (click on the link below):

review tax statement for taxpayer id: alan-00000217490017UK

HM Revenue and Customs

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